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Escape from the Long Arm of the Law Hardly a matter of abstract philosophical or moral reasoning, the relationship between the law and those governed by that law is of grave importance today. With the U.S. government authorizing “enhanced” surveillance techniques and “enhanced” interrogation procedures, the time has come to consider whether one's response to the state deserves its own form of “enhancement.” In considering this question, I will explore three figures: the Socrates of Plato's Crito, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Albert Camus…
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The dialog finds Plato's mentor and narrative mouthpiece imprisoned and awaiting execution, a result of the trial in which he was found guilty of corrupting the youth of Athens. Crito, a friend of Socrates, has come to prison to visit the condemned man and to advocate that Socrates escape from jail. Socrates will have none of it, and instead engages Crito in one of Socrates' famous dialogs, all in an effort to prove that Socrates can not flee the punishment of Athens in a way that does not do serious injustice. To justify his claims, Socrates introduces the character of the Laws, voice of the legal charter of Athens. ...
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